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Gateway2Change Concluding Student Summit March 1

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald



Gateway2Change’s concluding Student Summit scheduled for Thursday

(February 27, 2018) St. Louis, MO… The final Gateway2Change Student Summit on Race of the 2017-18 school year is this Thursday, March 1 at the Center for Global Citizenship at St. Louis University (3672 West Pine Boulevard) from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

During the summit, student leaders will present photovoice projects that reflect a snapshot of their school through the lens of racial equity. These projects will represent the advancement of their racial equity awareness through the activities and dialogue that they participated in throughout the year as part of Gateway2Change.

CharacterPlus partnered with The National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJ St. Louis) to create an experiential deep dive into the cultural competency continuum.  This year’s summits consisted of multiple experiential activities over several sessions to grow a deeper understanding of oppression and privilege. This process required smaller student teams guided through open dialogue and activities by trained small group facilitators. Ultimately, this experience felt more authentic and relevant and will inspire students to be true change agents within their school and community.

“Through a variety of experiential activities such as “Game of Life” students grew a deeper understanding of social and cultural identities and the opportunities gained or restricted because of those identities,” said Kasey McKee, Executive Director of CharacterPlus. “These experiences will give them the valuable insights to become agents of change within our community.”

Gateway2Change was created after the tragic events unfolded in Ferguson as a unique approach to help young people have courageous conversations about the racial divide in

St. Louis and create a plan to affect positive change. CharacterPlus, a resource ofEducationPlus, is leading the efforts to coordinate the Gateway2Change movement.

Gateway2Change Student Summits on Race are supported in part by Emerson. For more information visit or contact Christine McDonald, EducationPlus Director of Communications, at 314.692.1233 or


Additional information about The National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis (NCCJ St. Louis)

For nearly 25 years, NCCJ St. Louis has been a recognized leader in the development and delivery of powerful training and educational programs that address diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural competency and social justice. Their framework is rooted in theory, research and practice in psychology, sociology and intergroup relations. Their mission is to create inclusive, representative communities through leadership and education. NCCJ St. Louis partners with individuals, organizations, networks, and corporations to help them make institutional change in their corner of the community. They empower leaders for diversity and inclusion, for equity and justice, so that all people will have access to our nation’s opportunities and be included in its promise. 

Local High Schools participating in Gateway2Change:

Affton High School

Brentwood High School

Carnahan High School

Confluence Prep Academy

Fox High School

Francis Howell Central High School

Francis Howell North High School

Granite City High School

Jennings High School

Maplewood Richmond Heights High School

Marquette High School

Mehlville High School

McCluer High School

McCluer North High School

Orchard Farm High School

Parkway North High School

Parkway South High School

Parkway West High School

Riverview Gardens High School

Soldan International Studies High School

St. Charles West High School

Timberland High School

University City High School

Windsor High School